Summer SKEWL program at Schoharie Crossing

Continues this Thursdays with weekly program events through August 10

Fort Hunter, NY – Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site continues the 2023 Summer Supplemental Knowledge Enhancement and Wellness Lab (Summer SKEWL) series at this Erie Canal historic site. The series is open to all ages from five to 95 and will pair a recreational activity with a learning experience. SKEWL’s goal is to provide a meaningful combination of physical activity with a mental activity.

This week, SKEWL continues on July 20th with a program called, “Cache in on History” with Barb. Exercise and surprise! Learn to set up a geocaching account and how the game is played.  It is helpful but not necessary to bring the following: Smart Phone or handheld GPS. This program starts at 10am at the Visitor Center on Schoharie Street in Fort Hunter.

On July 27th, “Peddle Through History” with Michael and explore the West Shore RR line that is today’s Empire State Trail.  This is the Summer SKEWL Field Trip and will leave at 10am from just outside Highwheeler Coffee on Canal Street in Fort Hunter.  From there, cyclists will make their way to the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.  This “field trip” will include a brief art history lesson from Mary Alexander at the Arkell before the ride back to Fort Plain, about a seven-mile round trip.

Thursday, August 3rd join Michael for “Landscape Sketches.” This one-mile loop walk to Empire Lock will include a lesson on landscape sketching to explore the natural & manmade features along the historic Erie Canal. Sketch supplies will be provided.

The series wraps up on August 10th with, “Traces of Leaves” with Altha.  Explore leafy plants at Schoharie Crossing, identify some species and press them in one or both of two methods.

Participants are encouraged to dress according to the weather and bring a bag lunch for a picnic on site after each program.

For more information, contact – 518-829-7516.  Anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian with them for these programs. These are free programs open to the public.

For more information about programs at Schoharie Crossing, please contact the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email, or visit our NYS Parks webpage. The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center is location at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY 12069. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 78 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or Instagram.